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    Letters to the Editors

    Bad driving habits make Pinellas roads unsafe

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published August 19, 2001


    Re: Too many drivers hit road ready to do battle, column by Editor of Editorials Diane Steinle, Aug. 12.

    I normally don't write letters to newspapers or respond to editorials, as I feel they do no good, but Diane Steinle's column hit a nerve.

    I am a self-employed sales representative. I travel 35,000 miles annually in Florida. I vacation in the states of California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and many other states when I can afford to. I have lived in Pinellas County 44 years and watched our roads and drivers daily.

    Let me congratulate you, Pinellas County. You have some of the most rude, selfish, impatient and ignorant drivers in this big, beautiful country of America. Go ahead, pat yourselves on the back. And while you are at it, pat our law enforcement on the roads also. They allow you to run red lights, drive recklessly and speed at high rates.

    I see this in this county more than the other eight counties in this state that I drive in. Oh, by the way, did I mention the discourteous drivers on their cell phones, the makeup appliers, the food eaters who drive with no hands (now that takes talent and special driving skills)?

    Pinellas County drivers, you win the national award for idiot driving. If you don't believe me, just check the deaths, injuries, accidents and tickets issued per driver versus population with your insurance company. And also, who leads the nation in road rage? Pinellas County.
    -- J. Raynor, Clearwater

    Stronger enforcement of traffic laws needed

    Re: Too many drivers hit road ready to do battle, column by Diane Steinle, Aug. 12.

    We have driver problems all over the city of Clearwater. Cleveland Street should have fewer than most, but we have more.

    Problem 1: People do not know how to use the turn lane. Bigger, better signs are needed.

    Problem 2: New paint on the turn arrows would help.

    Problem 3: Police need to patrol more and enforce laws on speeding, passing in turn lanes, and not stopping at crosswalks and at stop signs. Police Chief Sid Klein needs to get past raising his pension, catering to a cult and spreading vagrants all over the city. A few dozen fines per week would go a long way to calm road rage.

    You have a strong voice -- use it. Watch how much people-support you will get.
    -- Matt Grayson, Clearwater

    Fix roads before beautifying them

    The greenery that the city of Clearwater is currently installing on the median strips of these highways is lovely. However, I cannot look at them as I have to constantly look for the bumps and holes in these same highways as I drive along them.

    Green is beautiful but blacktop needs to be re-done. It is my belief that surely, riding on smooth blacktop is more beautiful than trees and shrubs. Black should come before green.
    -- Joe Daily, Clearwater

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